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NZOC chief says some athletes may skip Tokyo Olympics: Radio NZ

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Common sense.

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The NZOC last week said it would work with the government in its vaccine roll-out plans and encourage its Olympic team members to get vaccinated before traveling for the Games.

How so? Skipping the elderly, healthcare professionals or critical workers?

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How so? Skipping the elderly, healthcare professionals or critical workers?

those folks will be done by end of March. In addition, NZ wont see the debacle that is now the US trying to roll out vaccines. They have only 5m people to vaccinate and as everyone has seen right through this pandemic, they know what they are doing.

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hose folks will be done by end of March. In addition,

They will be? NZ hasn't even started (they can afford to wait).

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They may just be afraid of bringing home the virus even though they have great border controls but chances are those who dont want to go are against getting vaccinated

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Hopefully more countries will come out with the same concerns until the whole thing is cancelled. Since it is completely obvious the national and local government consider the Olympics a much higher priority than the health of the population the Japanese may depend on everybody else doing the right thing forcing the hand of Suga and Koike.

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What Sport is New Zealand famous for btw??

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Any country that is actually concerned about their citizens would do good by really looking at how Japan is handling this crisis. The mere fact that this modern country still hasn't started vaccinations and probably won't complete it until after the Olympics is a tell all. Once more countries begin voicing concerns about these games look for the JOC and LDP to start the falsehoods about the Games' safety. Be wary.

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What Sport is New Zealand famous for btw??

Rugby Union, cricket. Look it up.

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These 200 athletes are in for their harshest decisions of their life.

With New Zealand on full lockdown for the next year, even if the athletes manage to snag medals, if they manage to get infected by the virus they will be shunned upon and their efforts will be for naught. Still, the Olympics comes just once every four years, and the athletes might not be in their prime anymore when the next one is up.

It's ultimately a gamble with hints of risk management.

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Rugby Union, cricket. Look it up

Are any of these Sports part of the Olympics?

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uncorrect information

NZOC knows that there will be no tokyo olympics this year.

no olympics.

no way.

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Errr....Rugby, softball, running on one leg then jumping over a banana, you know typical Olympic machinations, compeditive roller skating, biggest sneeze (many gold) , The biggest would be the, why the hell bother, turn up into a breeding pit of virus, can't wander around, compete against those that turned up, not the best, when not ready then go home immediately to 2 weeks of isolation. Sounds as it is, just not worth the effort.

oh no smiling, Oi are you displaying enjoyment? 12 months detention while we try to make you admit it. The hopefull Olympic.

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What Sport is New Zealand famous for btw??

Uhhhh! Let's see. Rugby? Ever heard of the All Blacks? There you go, and I'm sure Cricket is another.

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Hockey too, been pretty good at that.

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Uhhhh! Let's see. Rugby? Ever heard of the All Blacks? There you go, and I'm sure Cricket is another.

Everyone is quickly rushing to mention the obvious and forgetting that non- of these your beloved sports is part of the Olympics. NZ non- participation wouldn't be felt any tiny bit. Guess if China/US/Kenya etc pulls out then that will be seismic movement

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The land of the timid?

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Rugby Union, cricket. Look it up

Are any of these Sports part of the Olympics?

Rugby Sevens has been an Olympic sport since Rio. The women got silver. There is a bid to include cricket in L.A. 2028.

New Zealand also does well in rowing. eleven gold, three silver and ten bronze in total, since their first Olympic rower in 1920, who got a bronze, and sprint kayaking - seven gold, two silver and two bronze. Not huge numbers to be sure, but its a pretty small place.

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Reckless,

The land of the timid?

I guess that puts them in good company with;

"Canada and Australia have added pressure by saying they will not send teams if the games are staged this year.

"Brazil and Slovenia had also called for postponement until 2021. Norway’s Olympic body said it did not want athletes going to Tokyo until the global health crisis is under control

"The United States governing bodies of swimming and track had called on their national Olympic officials to push for a postponement.

who all called for postponement in 2020.

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Some of the best sailors in the world are kiwis.

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Timid? Ok, try telling that to a Kiwi face on face, might need a mirror to see timid.

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Am sure NZ won't be the last country to suggest this...

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Some New Zealand athletes may choose to skip the Tokyo Games this year due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Radio New Zealand quoted Kereyn Smith, the head of the country's Olympic committee(NZOC), as saying on Wednesday.

Let the drum beat begin until the thick-skulled LDP gerontocrats and their cronies finally face the music.

Of course the consequences will still be borne by the public.

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Rugby Union, cricket.

rugby union yes cricket lol black caps arnt known for their cricket skills lol

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rugby union yes cricket lol black caps arnt known for their cricket skills lol

Give it up, you are just making yourself look silly. NZ team currently first place on the ICC Test rankings.

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rugby union yes cricket lol black caps arnt known for their cricket skills lol

Well the ICC has them currently ranked first internationally for test matches and third for one-dayers, so they can't be that bad.

https://www.icc-cricket.com/rankings/mens/team-rankings/odi

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Back on topic please.

A hard call for some - Valerie Adams for example in her last Olympics after winning medals in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Athletes should just harden up and go I reckon. It is the pinnacle of just about every sport.

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This time, under global pandemic conditions, I would give them all a gold medal, if they pass a corona test and a doping test and an IQ test by deciding better to stay where they usually are. Won’t be much more medals than before, don’t worry. lol

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More will follow, more or less forcing those "Olympics-defenders" to finally end the games before they start!

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Finally, the gaikoku pressure is beginning to build...won't be long now before Suga, Mori and the rest of the geriatrics in charge here are facing the inevitable.

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Per capita in the Olympics all time for gold medals and all medals New Zealand ranks in the top 10 so I suppose they don't duck to much.

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"Shocking", said nobody outside of Nagatacho or Kasumigaseki...

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